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Kuro-Oribe Chawan / Tea Bowl


This very bowl was used during the 1937 celebration of the 350th anniversary of an historic tea ceremony at Kyoto's Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (?????). The original event was hosted on October 1, 1587 by the great historic figure Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598), important daimyo, feudal lord and chief Imperial minister (1585–98) -- famous for completing the 16th-century unification of Japan -- was, when he participated in the original tea ceremony at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, the Regent of Japan. The anniversary gathering in which this tea bowl was used was held for two days, starting on October 1, 1937, in commemoration of the historic gathering that took place at the same shrine 350 years previously. Oribe ware originated in, and is associated with, the 16th century, when such a style represented an almost avant-garde innovation in the culture of the tea ceremony. This history may have been why a bowl in this particular style was selected for the 1937 event. The bowl, which was likely made in the 1920s or 1930s, is impressed with the mark of its maker: ?. I am not certain what this character -- pronounced "Gen" -- means in Japanese, but in Chinese, ? (Xuán, a very similar pronunciation) means "mysterious". Rather appropriate! Near the bottom of the bowl, a small part of the white glaze appears to have worn, but that does not detract at all from the beauty of the bowl; the wear rather enhances the very satisfying wabi-sabi aesthetic effect of the piece. The chawan retains its original fitted wooden box, which is covered with descriptive text.      


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    Gen (Artist)
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  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions
    H 3 in. x Dm 5 in.H 7.62 cm x Dm 12.7 cm
  • Diameter
    5 in. (12.7 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
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